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Earlier today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced another “voluntary” suspension of cruise operations through October 31. Before this, cruise lines had canceled sailings through September based on an extension of the CDC’s no-sail order. Cruise lines in the U.S. will now make their own announcements that fall in line with CLIA and cancel cruises through the end of October.
Cruising has resumed elsewhere around the world in small doses. However, there have already been issues. At least 36 crew members on a small cruise ship in Norway tested positive for Covid-19. And more recently, the first small ship to cruise in Alaska just had a positive Covid case on board. So, now these ships are back to quarantining and canceling sailings.
With these kinds of results from early cruises in parts of the world that have lower case counts, I just don’t see cruising in the U.S. resuming any time soon. I believe cruise lines will need to wait for a vaccine and herd immunity that can be realized next spring. I hope I’m wrong.
I have cruises booked for October 2021 and March 2022. Here’s hoping!
Are you affected by this CLIA announcement? Or, did you already postpone all cruises for this year?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.